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'Poke And Stick' Parties Pose Serious Risks To Teens
www.countypressonline.com ^

Posted on 12/16/2004 5:47:20 AM PST by Tribune7

The advent of "poke and stick" parties is causing a stir as more of our nation's youth are choosing to have their new tattoo or piercing done by a teenage friend, rather than a professional.

Since these parties could be happening in your community, the Pennsylvania Medical Society cautions that this fad not only may violate a new state law, but it also could spread infectious diseases, like HIV and hepatitis. The organization's member doctors recommend that parents and teens carefully consider safety measures to protect themselves from serious health consequences.

The ancient arts of tattooing and body piercing appear to be rising in popularity, particularly among the young.

(Excerpt) Read more at zwire.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: bodymodification; bodymutilation; bodypiercing; piercing; riskybehavior; suspension; tattoo; teens

1 posted on 12/16/2004 5:47:20 AM PST by Tribune7
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To: Temple Owl

ping


2 posted on 12/16/2004 5:47:33 AM PST by Tribune7
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Willie Green; Mo1; ..

ping


3 posted on 12/16/2004 5:51:02 AM PST by Tribune7
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To: Tribune7
Won't they be safe if they only use a condom? (G!)

What part of Biology 101 don't these kids understand? The risk of life threatening disease doesn't enter their minds? All for another hole through their eyelid?
4 posted on 12/16/2004 5:53:40 AM PST by Knute (The PEOPLE have spoken!)
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To: Tribune7

I'm thinking that headline can be interpreted in numerous ways...and is probably true for all of them. ;)


5 posted on 12/16/2004 5:54:43 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves
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To: Knute
The risk of life threatening disease doesn't enter their minds?

No, it doesn't.
Did you REALLY think about life threatening diseases when you were 13 or 14?
If you did you were exceptional. I know I didn't.

Of course, I never wanted a tat or a piercing either.

6 posted on 12/16/2004 5:57:07 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Tribune7

Geez ... multiple Darwin Awards. My cousin pierced my ears when I was 16, but she's a nurse!


7 posted on 12/16/2004 5:59:56 AM PST by Tax-chick (Jesus is the reason for the seaon which begins at sundown on December 24.)
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To: Tribune7

Hmmm... that headline can be interpreted with many various meanings!


8 posted on 12/16/2004 6:02:25 AM PST by beaureguard
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To: Just another Joe

Gone are the days of stuffing phone booths and Volkswagens.

****sigh****


9 posted on 12/16/2004 6:03:49 AM PST by Pete'sWife (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Just another Joe

Perhaps I was "germ phobic"
At the age of 52 I have no piercings or tats.
I cannot say that I used the same common sense regarding some other youthful activities. I matured in the 60's before those things got to be so dangerous


10 posted on 12/16/2004 6:05:11 AM PST by Knute (The PEOPLE have spoken!)
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To: Just another Joe

"Of course, I never wanted a tat or a piercing either"

All it took for me was being in the Navy and seeing what people went through with NEW tattoos and seeing certain officers need to get tattoos REMOVED for career reasons....


11 posted on 12/16/2004 6:11:25 AM PST by NRA1995 (Yew jes' go and lay yore hand on a Pittsburgh Steeler fan and I think yer gonna fin'lly understand)
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To: Knute
48 here and only an ear piercing, no tats.
I always did want to be able to wear an earring. :^)
12 posted on 12/16/2004 6:13:01 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Just another Joe
Did you REALLY think about life threatening diseases when you were 13 or 14?

No one I ran with. We knew we were invulnerable.
13 posted on 12/16/2004 6:15:04 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: Tribune7

Are tattoos popular with young folks these day? I had no idea...silly whippersnappers.




BEWARE, my young friends: Tatoos are so IN, they're OUT.

AND: Give the American Cancer Society a few bucks a ditch the damn bracelets. Everybody is too cool now.


14 posted on 12/16/2004 6:16:08 AM PST by rightinthemiddle (Free Speech is a Right. Being Wrong is Just...Wrong.)
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To: Tribune7

Oh, yeah! We need parents' presence and permission for tattooing and piercing, but it's perfectly OK for the same teen to obtain an abortion on her own. God help us!


15 posted on 12/16/2004 6:16:09 AM PST by rejoicing (F)
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To: NRA1995

Yep, my father was in the Navy and got tattoos in foreign ports as a young man, and he always regretted them later. I've never been able to think of anything that I'd want to have permanently on my skin. And I still think tats on women look really skanky.


16 posted on 12/16/2004 6:16:11 AM PST by -YYZ-
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To: Tribune7
Are tattoos popular with young folks these day? I had no idea...silly whippersnappers.




BEWARE, my young friends: Tattoo's are so IN, they're OUT.

AND: Give the American Cancer Society a few bucks a ditch the damn bracelets. Everybody is too cool now.
17 posted on 12/16/2004 6:17:10 AM PST by rightinthemiddle (Free Speech is a Right. Being Wrong is Just...Wrong.)
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To: -YYZ-
I've been looking for the word.........and SKANKY is it. Thanks!
18 posted on 12/16/2004 6:18:09 AM PST by rejoicing (F)
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To: -YYZ-

I actually told a woman who had a tattooed breast to get dressed and go home


19 posted on 12/16/2004 6:18:23 AM PST by NRA1995 (Yew jes' go and lay yore hand on a Pittsburgh Steeler fan and I think yer gonna fin'lly understand)
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To: -YYZ-
I've never been able to think of anything that I'd want to have permanently on my skin.

That was my thinking also. At least with, most, piercings, they will close up by themselves.

20 posted on 12/16/2004 6:20:22 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: NRA1995
I actually told a woman who had a tattooed breast to get dressed and go home

Well, now you're just being silly.

I have seen tats on both men and women that I thought were tastefully done.

I definitely would never have kicked a women out of bed JUST for having a tat.

21 posted on 12/16/2004 6:22:04 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Just another Joe

We'll have to agree to disagree on that one


22 posted on 12/16/2004 6:23:19 AM PST by NRA1995 (Yew jes' go and lay yore hand on a Pittsburgh Steeler fan and I think yer gonna fin'lly understand)
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To: Tribune7

Are these in place of, or in addition to, the oral sex parties?


23 posted on 12/16/2004 6:28:18 AM PST by Ron in Acreage (Kerry is (no longer) a threat to national security)
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To: Tribune7
Looks like someones been practicing on their pigs. Born to loose?

24 posted on 12/16/2004 6:33:21 AM PST by Slicksadick (Go out on a limb........Its where the fruit is.)
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To: Just another Joe

Well, I know some nice women that have tats, and I wouldn't hold it against them. At the same time, I do find them to be a turn-off. My first impression when I see a woman I don't know with tats is "hooker", or "stripper", because those were the kind of women I first saw tats on. (Yes, I have been in strip joints on occasion. No, I don't use prostitutes, but I used to work in an area where they were common.) I know that's not the case anymore, but it's still my immediate reaction.


25 posted on 12/16/2004 6:33:46 AM PST by -YYZ-
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To: Tribune7
Fortunately, this is one worry I don't have with my 15-year-old. He has such a dread of needles that he wouldn't consider piercing or tattoos.
26 posted on 12/16/2004 6:36:36 AM PST by Corin Stormhands (CHRISTmas: One season. One reason.)
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To: NRA1995
We'll have to agree to disagree on that one

We can do that. Tastefully, even. ;^)

27 posted on 12/16/2004 6:37:23 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Tribune7
Never had a tattoo. Never wanted one. Fortunately, I have a brother-in-law who does who regrets it and can help build-up the horror stories to my kids.

The coarsening of the culture brought into our homes through pop culture, MTV and media is lowering that bar all the time, isn't it? A tatoo? That never would have occurred to me at that age. Now, though, I guess kids see them everywhere, on pop stars, sports stars...

28 posted on 12/16/2004 6:49:11 AM PST by atomicpossum (I am the Cat that walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.)
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To: -YYZ-
Yes, they look bad enough on young women, but they look really horrible on old women with all that sagging skin-ugh! And all these young women with the "sexy" tattoos will, if they are fortunate, be old someday. They will be sooo sorry and embarrassed.
29 posted on 12/16/2004 6:49:59 AM PST by pepperdog
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To: Slicksadick

You're supposed to warn us before posting pictures of Rosie.


30 posted on 12/16/2004 6:51:00 AM PST by beezdotcom (I'm usually either right or wrong...)
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To: Just another Joe

Yeah, you never think of dying when you are 13 or 14. You think that other people die but that somehow you will liver forever. Not in so many words but that is the underlying reasoning of a lot of teens.


31 posted on 12/16/2004 7:20:18 AM PST by calex59
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To: Slicksadick

Tatooed pigs? Somebody has waaaaay too much time on his hands...


32 posted on 12/16/2004 7:50:43 AM PST by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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To: Knute

Back when I was a kid, we used to do the girls' ears with a needle, a candle, an ice cube and a potato. We were not so stupid that we would have used the same needle on two different people, not even in 1975.


33 posted on 12/16/2004 7:53:50 AM PST by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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To: rightinthemiddle

Allegedly toungue splitting also continues to grow. Don't ask me why.


34 posted on 12/16/2004 8:17:51 AM PST by Dante3
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To: Dante3

I didn't read the article. Afraid to find out where they poke the stick....


35 posted on 12/16/2004 5:13:32 PM PST by Ciexyz (I use the term Blue Cities, not Blue States. PA is red except for Philly, Pgh & Erie)
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To: atomicpossum
Never had a tattoo. Never wanted one.

I might have been able to have been talked into one at age 18. Very glad the opportunity never presented itself.

36 posted on 12/16/2004 7:18:52 PM PST by Tribune7
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